Research on the impact of student feedback on teaching suggests that student feedback can be a strong motivator for improving the effectiveness of your course.
Every Fall and Spring, the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) offers a Mid-Course assessment that allows University of Southern Maine (USM) faculty to receive anonymous feedback from their students regarding specific areas of their course design and teaching, and make any necessary changes.
Hundreds of students answer this survey each semester. This survey is not required by the university. Results are kept confidential, shared only with individual faculty members and select members of CTEL, and are not considered as part of student evaluations of teaching.